In the Activities section of Making Movies Make Sense there are a series of classroom film activities for learning both about film and filmmaking, and how they can be used in supporting literacy. The activities are described in some details and example video and audio clips and still images are introduced where appropriate.
The film activities are :
- Spot the shots: film activity to familiarise children with shot types and defining features
- 4 shot film: a single lesson activity to create a short film using just 4 different shots..
- The prop game: get your pupils engaging with props and how to use them in their filmmaking activites
- Count the cuts: this activity is designed to get your class used to watching films in an active way
- Sound games: 3 different games to get your pupils to appreciate the improtance of sound in film making and film viewing
- Special effects: your pupils can re-create some great special effects such as an earthquake or hero clinging to a tall building
- Literacy activities: 3 film activities that encourage your pupils literacy skills – includes ‘Character diary extracts’ and ‘Magic floor’
- 3,2,1 Edit: short video editing activity to introduce or reinforce the importance of transitions and titles
All the film activities described can be used in the classroom with minimal additional equipment and resources, and with very little special preparation. There are both theoretical activities (such as Spot the shots) to help with film analysis, and practical filmmaking and editing activities (such as Special effects). Many of the practical activities are suitable for groups of young filmmakers to do together. See below an excerpt from the 4 Shot Film activity.
4 Shot Film – a single lesson activity for young filmmakers
This activity is an introduction to filmmaking and can take place in a single lesson.
Divide the class into groups. Instruct each group to make a film in a short amount of time, using only four shots. Make sure you give them exact rules. Tell them not to worry about plot or sound, but to foucs on using the shots to tell a simple story using pictures…